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Overland Park Shooting Suspect Had History Of Anti-Semitism

Laura Ziegler / KCUR

Johnson County District Attorney said Monday that Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as F. Glenn Miller, could be charged with murder as early as Tuesday. In addition to state charges, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said that Cross could also face federal hate crimes charges, but those will be taken to a grand jury. Authorities said that their investigation was focused on Cross and they were not seeking any other suspects.

The Chicago Tribune published a photo slide show of the reaction and aftermath to the shootings in Overland Park, Kan.

Frazier Glenn Cross, a 73-year-old southwest Missouri man, reportedly called out "Heil, Hitler," as police were in the process of handcuffing him. Cross was arrested as a suspect in the shooting deaths of three people in Overland Park, Kan., a suburb of Kansas City.
Two of the victims who died — William Lewis Corporon, a Johnson County doctor, and Reat Griffin Underwood, Corporon’s 14-year-old grandson — were shot in a car at a Jewish community center. The third victim, Terri LaManno, 53, was killed in the parking lot of the Village Shalom senior living facility. The police said the shootings were being investigated as a hate crime. 

Frazier Glenn Cross is also known as F. Glenn Miller, a man long known for deeply anti-Semitic and racist statements, authorities said. A Vietnam veteran, Miller got involved in racist and anti-Semitic politics in the 1970s. He was a one-time “grand dragon” of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors ultra-right-wing and paramilitary organizations. In 2010, he filed as a write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate from Missouri. In one ad, he expressed his anti-Semitic views: “We’ve sat back and allowed the Jews to take over our government, our banks and our media,” he said.

Reat Griffin Underwood, the 14-year old victim in the shootings, was a freshman at Blue Valley High School. He was very involved in debate and theater and had earned the rank of Eagle Scout. His grandfather, Dr. William Lewis Corporon, had taken Reat to the community center to audition for Kansas City SuperStar competition. Reat had performed in a production of "Guys and Dolls" and had sung the national anthem at a breakfast meeting for a local educational foundation. A statement issued by the family said Reat “had a beautiful voice … (and) a passion for life, and touched so many people in his young age.”

Monday morning, the third victim in the shootings was identified as Terri LaManno, 53 of Kansas City.  LaManno was the mother of three children and an occupational therapist. She was killed outside of Village Shalom assisted living facility where her mother resides. The LaManno family belongs to St. Peter's Catholic Church.

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Susan Hegger comes to St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon as the politics and issues editor, a position she has held at the Beacon since it started in 2008.